Ambidextrous mouse

  • US 10,156,914 B2
  • Filed: 10/06/2017
  • Issued: 12/18/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/02/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A user input device, comprising:

  • a touch sensitive surface divided into an array of buttonless sensing points, each buttonless sensing point being configured to generate a signal when the buttonless sensing point detects that an object is touching the buttonless sensing point, the signal including information identifying the particular location of the buttonless sensing point, wherein signals from one or more buttonless sensing points of the array of buttonless sensing points are combined to form a buttonless hand signal that defines a two-dimensional image of an object in contact with the touch sensitive surface of the user input device; and

    a processor configured to;

    receive the buttonless hand signal;

    determine from the buttonless hand signal which touch zone amongst one or more touch zones in the touch sensitive surface was selected, wherein each of the one or more touch zones is associated with a plurality of buttonless sensing points; and

    generate a function signal based on the selected touch zone, wherein each touch zone corresponds to a particular function.

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